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Taiwan’s top 3D street artist brings illusions to life as he lives his dream

By Chuan Hui-yu and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

After graduating from high school, Su completed his mandatory military service and headed to Taipei to look for work.

“At the time, I was young, full of ambition and self-confidence. I got a job designing and producing large lighting fixtures, and also designed studio sets for a popular TV program for which I later became the studio production manager,” Su said.

“I also worked at a design firm, producing paintings, which at times we had to work on for days and nights on end. However, although all these jobs were creative and involved art, I didn’t feel that I was progressing as an artist,” he added.

As time went on, Su had to face the harsh reality that it is difficult to be successful and make a decent living in Taipei, so he chose to return to his hometown. However, he found that there were also few employment opportunities there, so for more than a year, he made his living as street artist, doing sketches for tourists, so he could pay the rent.

Yet this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because since Su did not give up painting, “I was able to get into 3D street art when it was introduced in Taiwan,” he said.

Despite his success, Su has encountered some obstacles as well.

“One time, I did not receive payment for a piece because the person who commissioned it turned out to be a fraudster. I was also rejected when I applied for a government subsidy under a program that supports artists because I did not have an advanced academic degree,” he said.

No matter what difficulty he faced, Su persists in pursuing his passion for art. His favorite topics for his pieces are country landscapes and everyday life, which he says are authentic reflections of Taiwanese culture.

When asked whether he is very busy now that fame has boosted demand for his work, Su said recognition has given him the luxury of turning down commercial projects.

“Yes, I can make good money from such projects, but a lot of these types of clients have got a plan and layout already in mind and just want me to fill in the blanks. I can earn a decent income creating what I want and that’s all I ever wanted,” he said.

“In the past, I took on a few commercial projects to support myself and help further my career, but now, I just want to create as many pieces as I can to hold my first solo exhibition,” Su said.

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